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American & Irish whiskey, tequila and Cognac drive spirits industry growth

distilled-spiritsIt’s always a bit like Christmas morning when the Distilled Spirits Council hosts its annual media and analyst briefing in New York. And the haul of goodies was just as bountiful this year as in past years—well, if you’re like me and you consider a year’s worth of category-specific spirits sales figures “goodies.” Read the rest of this entry

Two Decades of Diageo

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It almost seems like Diageo plc has been around forever, given the fact that it owns so many classic, venerable brands, including Johnnie Walker scotch, Smirnoff vodka, Tanqueray gin and Guinness stout. But as a company, it’s still a year away from legal drinking age—in the U.S., at least, not in its U.K. home—as Diageo just turned 20 on Sunday.

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Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Convention hits Orlando this week

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This week, I’m heading to Orlando for the annual Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) Convention, which has become the premier event for scoping out the latest innovations in beverage alcohol.

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The Drinkable Week: Tales of the Cocktail Part 2

As promised, here’s the conclusion of my report from Tales of the Cocktail 2016 in New Orleans. This week we feature Cedar Ridge Distillery, jenever from Rutte Distillery and some throw-backy goodness from Beam Suntory.

The Drinkable Week: Tales of the Cocktail Part I

There was so much to talk about at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans that I decided to do the report in two parts. Part II is coming next week (hopefully!)

Week 1: Scotch whisky

Since 2016 has just begun, there’s no better time to start drinking adventurously. So in the spirit (and beer, cider, sake and wine) of out-of-your-comfort-zone imbibing this blog is going to work its way through each week of The Year of Drinking Adventurously and showcase each beverage in order until the ball drops on 2017. This week: Scotch whisky. Here’s a slideshow of some dram fine Scottish eye candy to get this year started. (You can read along by ordering The Year of Drinking Adventurously.)

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